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Colonial Office: Natal Original Correspondence

CO 179
Colonial Office: Natal Original Correspondence

This series contains original correspondence relating to Natal.


Bound volumes arranged chronologically within the following subject headings: Despatches (letters of the Governors), Offices (letters of government departments and other organisations), and Individuals (arranged alphabetically). With some case volumes. Each volume with a contents list, or a précis of each letter giving name of correspondent, date of letter and subject matter.

Related Material:
For correspondence relating to Zululand before 1898 see CO 427
For correspondence after 1910 see CO 551
Held by:
The National Archives, Kew
Legal status:
Public Record
Physical description:
256 volume(s)
Unpublished finding aids:
For registers to this correspondence see CO 326 under 'Cape of Good Hope' before 1849, CO 357 after 1849. For indexed précis of correspondence see CO 714.
Administrative / biographical background:

In 1844 Natal was annexed to Cape Colony, from which it was separated in 1856. In 1910 it became a province of the Union of South Africa. Zululand was administered through Natal from 1887, and annexed to Natal in 1897.

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